NH: Etna Project 2018

Etna Project NH 2018



About Betty M. Colonomos

Betty M. Colonomos, currently serving as Director of the Bilingual Mediation Center, is a fluent ASL/ English bilingual. Her academic background is in Deaf Education/Speech Pathology (B.S.), Counseling (M.A.) Linguistics (Doctoral program). Betty holds the Masters Comprehensive Skills Certificate (MCSC) from RID. She was the second recipient of the Mary Stotler Award for excellence in Interpreter Education from CIT. Betty has chaired and served on many national committees on standards and evaluation of interpreters and served as President of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT). Ms. Colonomos has authored and appeared in video materials on interpreting and she co-authored (with MJ Bienvenu) videos on Deaf Culture, ASL Facial Grammar, and ASL Numbers. She worked as an International Sign interpreter for numerous conferences worldwide.

Betty also consults with schools and the legal system as an expert on linguistic and cultural issues impacting the Deaf Community. Betty is the developer of the Integrated Model of Interpreting (IMI), which is the most widely used model in the U.S. for teaching cognitive processes in interpreting. She teaches the Foundations of Interpreting Series for hearing, coda (Deaf-parented), and Deaf interpreters that combines the IMI with a Vygotskyan approach to learning. Betty is the creator of the Etna Project (2002–present) held in New Hampshire and Maryland. The project is a series of retreats supporting a Community of Reflective Practitioners who are interpreters committed to their own growth as they seek to become change agents in the field of interpreting.

Additional references to Betty's contributions to the field can be found here, on the BMC website. Click on the timeline image to see the history of Betty Colonomos' work in the interpreting field spanning roughly four decades! (Or use the Main Menu and click on BMC History.)

The Etna Project: A Community of Reflective Practitioners

The Etna Project engages a growing community of interpreters who are reflective practitioners. We gather several times throughout the year for a long weekend of dialogue, sharing, and learning. We share a common language - terms for different aspects of the interpreting process that we use on a daily basis - and a common model for discussing the decisions that take place in the mind between the reception of the source language and the production of the target language. Individual practitioners refine their understanding of their own interpreting processes while in this collective environment.

As a group, these interpreters develop and apply a shared vocabulary and understanding of the interpreting process through active engagement in dialogue with one another. This opportunity is open to anyone who has taken the Foundations of Interpreting Processes Parts I and II.

We hope you'll consider learning with us in this environment.

Etna Project NH 2018

Etna Project NH 2018


2018 Dates Schedule Location

January 25-28

March 22-25

May 3-6

June 21-24

Thursdays 8:00p–10:00p

Fridays 8:30a–6:30p

Saturdays 8:30a–6:30p

Sundays 8:00a–10:00p

Pierce's Inn
Etna, NH


Breakfast served before our sessions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Lunch is buffet style, with lunch break from 12:30-2:30p on Friday and Saturday. Dinners will be served Friday and Saturday shortly after our sessions end. There will be ample breaks throughout the session.

This workshop is limited to 24 participants.


Participants will be awarded 2.0 CEUs in the Professional Studies category at the 'little/no' prior Content Knowledge level for each session. You are committing to all four sessions and will earn a total of 8.0 CEUs.


Registration totals $2,400. You commit to all four sessions. $600.00 is due with your registration, due by November 15, 2017. However, you are encouraged to register now to assure your place in the series! Registration will close before November 15th if capacity is reached.

After you've registered and made your initial deposit, your account will open payment options for the subsequent 3 payments of $600 each. Payments are due prior to attending the next session.

You may choose an additional $40.00 for CEUs if you are not a VTRID member. For less than that price, you may join VTRID and not be charged for CEUs. See the CEU module on this page for more information.

All cancellations must be received in writing thirty days prior to the seminar series. A cancellation fee of $150 will be assessed for each seminar registered for and cancelled. No refunds will be given with less than thirty days notice.

For more information and/or to request an ADA accommodation, use the contact form on this page.

Event Date Capacity Registered Available place Register
01-25-2018 8:00 pm 24 11 13
$600.00 13
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The Etna Project Retreat Series

The Etna Project NH returns in 2018!

Registration is now open.

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